Grace City Community Foodcare Update
Wednesday 19th February 2014 marked the Grand Opening of Grace City Community Foodcare. Grace City Care’s Community Foodcare Centre services around 90 clients each Wednesday, during the 3 hours it is open, with groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh bread.In our 3 years of operation, we have processed over 1100 registered members, who rely on Centrelink benefits to survive and support their families. We currently have over 30 volunteers (from Grace City Church and the community) who selflessly give their time receiving deliveries and stocking shelves on Tuesdays. They also serve our clients in the centre and café on Wednesdays. The café is stocked with fresh treats served free to our clients.
Apart from the statistics, the real success of the centre is in providing a secure environment where our clients can relax and enjoy the company of our volunteers and each other, in a sustainable community where everyone is respected and valued.
The following extract from a letter of appreciation from a member says it all:
“I wish to express my gratitude and admiration for the work you do for others. Thank you so much for the time and dedication you offer.I wanted to let you know, that with your help and friendship, you have provided me with the opportunity to maintain a better standard of living than I could hope to experience. I do not feel alone anymore. I feel like I have a family and am loved. You made me happy and that is just great.”